Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 11/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of November 1st 2018.

This month Parker Solar Probe will set a new record for the closest ever approach to the Sun, provisionally achiving a sizzling 0.166 AU on its first perihelion on November 5. Of course, it will improve on that record on pretty much every subsequent perihelion.

On November 26 we'll have an EDL at Mars by InSIGHT, and the first ever Cubesat Mars-flyby of MarCO probes, OSIRIS-REx is on final approach to Asteroid Bennu, arriving in December. Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu is nearing Solar conjunction and will be silent for a while.

And still #WakeUpOppy #SaveOppy, pretty please!

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 10/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of October 1st 2018.

BepiColombo will likely launch this month, Parker Solar Probe is on track for a Venus flyby, Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu will attempt to deploy the MASCOT lander, and acquire an asteroid-sample later in October. Meanwhile, Mars lander InSIGHT and the MarCOs are still cruising towards Mars and OSIRIS-REx is on approach to Asteroid Bennu, arriving in December.

And still #WakeUpOppy #SaveOppy

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Space Observatories Update 09/2018

Two new launches, the Parker Solar Probe heliophysics mission through the solar corona, and the Chinese Longjiang 2 Radio observatory in lunar orbit mean another update to the Space Observatories page. Also some delays and a new mission, the IMAP heliophysics mission to be launched in 2024.

The source data are now available on my space exploration history GitHub repository, together with the included infographics.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 09/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of September 1st 2018.

Mars lander InSIGHT and the MarCOs are still cruising towards Mars, Parker Solar Probe has launched and is on track for a Venus flyby in October, and OSIRIS-REx is on it's approach to Asteroid Bennu, arriving in December. But the Solar Systems greatest busybody is still Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu with the landing of the MINNERVA 2 rover this month and MASCOT in October, as well as a touchdown of Hayabusa 2 itself on the asteroid.

Edited to add #WakeUpOppy #SaveOppy

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 08/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of August 1st 2018.

Mars lander InSIGHT and the MarCOs are still cruising towards Mars, the launch window for the Parker Solar Probe opens on August 11th, and OSIRIS-REx will begin it's approach to Asteroid Bennu on August 17th. But still the biggest show right now is Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu, upcoming in September is the landing of the MINNERVA 2 and MASCOT probes on the asteroid.

A few new missions in the list as well: LOP-G will probably happen, as well as the SpaceIL moon lander in December. And then there is the Japanese DESTINY+ mission to Asteroid Phaeton, as you may have guessed, the acronym stand for Demonstration and Experiment of Space Technology for INterplanetary voYage Phaethon fLyby dUSt science. I'm afraid the global contest for "Most tortured acronym ever" is over.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 07/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of July 1st 2018.

Mars lander InSIGHT and the MarCOs cruising towards Mars, which will be at oppositon this month on the 27th. And the launch window for the Parker Solar Probe opens on the 31st August 4th.

But the biggest show right now for me is Hayabusa 2 with a great approach to Asteroid Ryugu and great images, upcoming in September is the landing of the MINNERVA 2 and MASCOT probes on the asteroid.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 06/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of June 1st 2018.

This time not with one, not two, but four new spacecraft on the map: The Mars lander InSIGHT, along with the first interplanetary cubesats MarCO-A and MarCO-B, aka. Wall-E & Eve. And the Chinese communication relay orbiter for the Lunar far side mission Chang'e 4, Queqiao (鹊桥) or Magpie Bridge. Also, Hayabusa 2 is getting very close to Asteroid Ryugu, less than 10.000 km right now.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.